CGC #1117

by CGC on January 30, 2012

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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #1117

                    Monday, January 30, 2012

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                Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR,  Editor
                

    Copyright 2012, Communications General® Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC NEWS BRIEFS

  o  FCC seeks comments on requests for waiver of the
  January 1, 2013 VHF-UHF narrowbanding deadline:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-90A1.doc

  o  FCC to host a workshop on augmenting mobile broadband
  'in your community' -- an overview of distributed antenna
  systems and small cell solutions.  The February 1 workshop
  in Washington, DC will be Webcast:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-97A1.doc

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  LOCAL EXPERIMENTAL GRANTS SPECIFICALLY FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

  o  Raytheon Network Centric Systems to operate in 470-608
  and 614-698 MHz bands to demonstrate High Speed Data Gateway
  Radio System for interoperability.  Fixed & Mobile:  Amboy
  (San Bernardino); Fullerton (Orange); Palmdale (San Bernardino);
  and China Lake (San Bernardino)....

  o  Raytheon Network Centric Systems to operate in the 9300-
  10000 MHz band at Fullerton (Orange).

  o  The Boeing Company to operate in the 902-928 MHz band
  (Miramar) and in the 1770-1840 MHz band (El Segundo).

  o  Panoscan to operate on 5800 MHz for testing robotics.
  Mobile: Sylmar.

  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-312107A1.doc

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  FCC ENFORCEMENT WATCH -- SELECTED ITEMS

  o  San Diego man, Sean Berry, accused of false "mayday" calls:
  http://tinyurl.com/FalseMayday

  o  FCC agent notices a 956 MHz STL during an inspection of
  KUKY(FM), Wellton, AZ.  The box turned out to be authorized
  but the coordinates were way off (24 km) and there was one
  other little problem involving the old "final RF link" rule:
  http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-12-78A1.doc

  o  KRDM(AM), Oregon, is charged with failing to take recent
  NRSC bandwidth measurements (required yearly):
  http://tinyurl.com/AM-NRSC-FailureToMeasure


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                           RANDOM NOTES
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  LOS ANGELES SBE MEETING SET FOR FEBRUARY 14

  Subject:  An improved and responsive EAS System for the
  21st Century.

  Speakers:  Mike Callaghan and Art Pharn of Swan Media.

  Time:  This will be a luncheon meeting, not a dinner
  meeting, take note.  Start time is 11:30 AM.

  Location:  Burbank Holiday Inn restaurant or bar area, as usual.

  Road Closure Advisory:  SBE understands that there will
  be a closure of the Olive Avenue exit sometime during the
  I-5 widening project.  Caltrans will hopefully post any
  such closure on their Website.

  Details and RSVP instructions for the SBE meeting are here:

  http://www.sbe47.org/

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  GENERAL NOTES FOR RADIO & TV

  o  Jampro acquires U.K.'s Alan Dick Broadcast:
  http://tinyurl.com/Jampro-ADBL-Deal

  o  Public alerts now available on Google Maps:
  http://tinyurl.com/GooglePublicAlerts

  o  Sigalert history.  The Sigalert system was invented by
  Lloyd Sigmon, W6LQ.  Sigalerts are kind of like EAS but are
  used far more often and are specific to road traffic info:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sig_Alert

  o  NPR Labs and KUOW to test new FM+HD booster system:
  http://tinyurl.com/NPR-on-FM-Boosters

  o  Proponents want uneven FM sideband power approved quickly.
  Opponent Jonathan Hardis makes some excellent points about how
  the Media Bureau skipped over some significant requirements
  in pushing to implement IBOC:
  http://tinyurl.com/UnevenHDFM-WantedNow

  o  New tower regs (migratory bird protection) published in
  the Federal Register:
  http://tinyurl.com/TowerRegsInFedReg

  o  SBE/EIBASS file comments on Part 74 narrowbanding:
  http://tinyurl.com/SBE-EIBASS-Comments

  o  California passes new regulations for battery charging
  systems:
  http://tinyurl.com/CalifBatteryChargingRegs

  o  Small Minnesota company to make large TV sets in U.S.:
  http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012201170333

  o  Stringing up Gibson Guitars, the latest:
  http://tinyurl.com/Gobson-NextInstallment

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  KBLA(AM) ADDS MDCL CAPABILITY

  KBLA, 1580 kHz, Santa Monica, has added the capability to 
broadcast in MDCL mode in order to save on electric power; 
however, their MDCL system is NOT on the air yet.

  Special permission from the FCC is required before MDCL may be
implemented.  KBLA applied for authority to use MDCL about a week 
ago and anticipates the Commission will take three more weeks to 
act on their request.

  KSPN(AM), 710 kHz, Los Angeles, is already broadcasting in MDCL 
but with a very different 'flavor' of MDCL.

  Electric power savings from MDCL will of course be most dramatic 
for high powered transmitters.  KBLA runs 50 kW day and night while 
KSPN is 50 kW day and 10kW night.

  http://tinyurl.com/MDCL-ComingToKBLA

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  PHOTOS OF THE KPFK(FM) TRANSMITTER AND TOWER 1959-1960

  Here are historic views of the KPFK transmitter plant and tower on 
Mt. Wilson in 1959 & 1960.  Photos provided by Steve Hawes and Tom 
Anderson and posted on six Web pages by Don Mussell.

  Are those mercury vapor rectifier tubes?  Is the antenna 
horizontally polarized (sure looks that way)?  Check out the 
stylish dress of the day.

  Non-commercial KPFK has the most powerful FM signal on 
Mt. Wilson.  It is a Class B station and at its HAAT of 
863 M would ordinarily be allowed to run only 930 watts ERP.  
However, because of grandfathering, KPFK is permitted to run 
110,000 watts ERP with circular polarization.  It's a genuine 
blowtorch.

  Fabulous old photos:

  http://tinyurl.com/KPFK-1959-1960


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                       THE MT. WILSON REPORT
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  HIGHWAY 39 MAY BE ABANDONED BY CALTRANS

  Caltrans wants to abandon Highway 39 which runs 27 miles from 
the city of Azusa nearly to the crest of the San Gabriels.
The road is deemed too expensive to maintain.

  http://tinyurl.com/Highway39Closure


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                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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  TECH LETTERS

  Letters to the Editor of the CGC Communicator should be posted 
on the Tech Letters Website.  This week, Burt Weiner comments on 
"Franken FMs" that have hijacked CH-6 LPTV aural carriers for the 
purpose of FM broadcasting.  See:

  http://www.earthsignals.com/press/

  Please contact the Tech Letters moderator, Steve Blodgett,
  if you are having trouble viewing or posting:

  sblodgett (at) earthsignals.com

  Thanks!


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